Two more top class European soccer clubs crashed out of the 2010 UEFA Champions League overnight as the quarter finals wrapped up in Europe – resulting in an all French clash, and the removal of all English sides from the tournament.
It was a fantastic battle between arch rivals Manchester United and Bayern Munich as the two fought tooth and nail at Old Trafford to a packed and vocal stadium.
It was a dream kick off for the Reds – with the uplifting news of striker Wayne Rooney’s start – enhanced with the third minute wonder goal from Darron Gibson, followed by two from Nani, setting the home side up with a 3-0, and a seemingly unbeatable lead.
Two more top class European soccer clubs crashed out of the 2010 UEFA Champions League overnight as the quarter finals wrapped up in Europe.
However two minutes before half time Ivica Oli? struck the back of the net for Bayern, sending the German’s into the dressing room at half-time with the semi finals within reach – and a hobbling Rooney towards the tunnel.
Coming out after the break, all went downhill for United as Rafael Da Silva received a red card, reducing the English club to 10 men against a building Bayern side.
Rooney was taken off and replaced by John O’Shea, and Bayern took United’s lull in confidence to their advantage, barraging the home side and succeeded in the 74th minute through a stunning volley from Arjen Robben, which brought the score to 3-2.
It was a disappointing night for Manchester United, as Bayern go through on the 4-4 aggregate score due to away goals – their first UEFA Champions League semi final for nine years.
Over the Channel, and the all-French quarter final between Bordeaux and Lyon was a much more conservative affair with the home side battling it out at the Stade Chaban Delmas.
The visitors travelled to Bordeaux with a 3-1 lead from the first leg, and showcased defensive tactics, holding off the constant attack from Bordeaux.
On the stroke of half time, Marouane Chamakh found a crack in Lyon’s defence, and gave Bordeaux a rush off confidence going into the break. The French Champions came out with all guns blazing, and hit the visitors with everything they had, but could not find that all important second goal.
The match ended at 1-0, with Lyon making it through to their first ever UEFA Champions League semi final with a 3-2 aggregate score line.
The first leg of the semi finals will take place in the 20th of April, when Inter Milan are at home to Barcelona, while on the 21st of April Bayern Munich will face Lyon.